The Renault Sport moniker could be applied a wider range of the company’s products in future years in an approach somewhat mirroring that of Audi’s S Division or Mercedes-AMG.
Currently limited to the Megane RS and Clio RS, the French brand says it is considering ways to leverage the cache of its sporty sub-brand in as many ways as are economically feasible.
Speaking today with CarAdvice at the Geneva motor show, Renault senior vice president of corporate design Laurens van den Acker said: “I think we could have Renault Sport versions for multiple vehicles and not [just] stick with Clio and Megane”.
Renault launched the new Kadjar C-segment SUV on the stand.
“We’re looking at other versions because we’re seeing what’s happening in the premium market, where they (rival sporty sub-brands) even take crossovers with a sporty outlook,” van den Acker added, giving a hint to something such as a Captur RS with the Clio RS’ 147kW turbo engine.
“Definitely we’re looking into that and trying to reinforce the Renault Sport essence.”
Not everything is doable, however, said van den Acker, when we asked if the whole Renault range from Twingo through to Espace could get the RS treatment in time.
“Intuitively yes, but from a business point no,” he said. “Twingo is already a good example, a lot of enthusiasts would love us to do a Twingo RS but it’s hard in reality to find the volume for it.”
Interestingly, we spied a hotted-up Twingo undergoing testing last year.
As we know, Renault Australia is one of the company’s biggest handful of markets for the RS range, with the Megane in particular selling in big numbers. With badges such as BMW M, Volkswagen GTI and Mercedes-AMG all selling in big numbers too, an RS expansion would suit our market.